Japanese Gardens

$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Japanese Gardens

<p>Japanese gardens are well known for their extraordinary beauty. They are miniaturised idealised landscapes. Some are for strolling around. Others are used as aids to meditation and contemplation.

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Japanese gardens are well known for their extraordinary beauty. They are miniaturised idealised landscapes. Some are for strolling around. Others are used as aids to meditation and contemplation. Others extend the interiors of architecture outside. And yet, one feels one is missing a deeper layer of meaning in just visiting the gardens. Indeed, their highly abstract and stylised nature demands a greater level of description and understanding. Join John McBride as he places the development of the main styles of Japanese gardens in context of 2000 years of Japanese history and appreciate in detail a number of major Japanese gardens.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Marc Peter Keane - Japanese Garden Design (Tuttle, 1996)
  • Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Brief history of development of gardens in Japan
  • Introduction to the main styles of Japanese gardens, including Karesansui (dry rock gardens); Roji (tea house gardens), Kaiyushiki (strolling gardens), and Tsubo-niwa (small courtyard gardens).
  • Detailed examination of a number of major Japanese gardens


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Confidently plan a visit to a number of major Japanese gardens
  2. Be aware of the history of Japan and its environment as you visit its great gardens
  3. Have greater confidence in appreciating the beauty of Japanese gardens.